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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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In My Back Yard: 1929

In My Back Yard: 1929

Long Island or Connecticut circa 1929. "Unidentified women, possibly Elizabeth Duncan dancers." 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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I can't define "diaphanousness"

But I know it when I see it.

Why, umm, no.

"Does this gauzy dress-like garment with the rubber band thingy situated awkwardly beneath my posterior make me look fat?"


Shouldn't that be Isadora Duncan?

[Not when referring to her sister Elizabeth. -tterrace]


I love this photo! Reminiscent of the calm, less complex time, before our current high tech intensity.

It Happened to Us!

Our back yard has a big lawn surrounded by a small woods, making it feel quite pastoral. Once, our church filmed some interpretive dancers doing their bit back there. So, this picture is as relevant now as it was nearly a century ago!


Time to call Orkin.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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